Jason Segel Considers Collateral Beauty

In talks to join Jackman


by Owen Williams |
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Following Joe Wright's Pan, Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara are already both set to work together again on Collateral Beauty, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's follow-up to his Sundance hit Me And Earl And The Dying Girl. Now it's looking as if they'll be joined by Jason Segel, who's in talks to take on an as-yet unspecified role.

Allan Loeb wrote the screenplay, which revolves around a New York advertising agency, and a man - presumably Jackman's character - struggling with depression after a tragedy that turns his world upside down. Loeb has recently been churning out comedies like Here Comes The Boom, Just Go With It and The Dilemma, but his earlier work on dramas like Things We Lost In The Fire and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is probably a more relevant touchstone here...

Gomez-Rejon, meanwhile, got his start on television with Glee and American Horror Story. He also directed this last year's clever remake of '70s slasher The Town That Dreaded Sundown, but told Empire recently that he's keen not to be pegged as "a horror guy". Me And Earl And The Dying Girl and Collateral Beauty look set to get him off that path at some velocity.

Collateral Beauty scored its finance set-up from PalmStar Media at Cannes, after attracting a good deal of interest. Segel's own deal isn't quite done yet, but if he signs on the line, he'll start shooting with everyone else in the autumn.

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